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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date March 1, 2001
Pages 431
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140436068
ISBN-10 0140436065
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $12.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Algernon pretends to be Jack's troublesome younger brother, in Wilde's satirical assault on nineteenth-century fashions, manners, and morality.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The crowning plays of one of Ireland's most heralded artists

Oscar Wilde was at once a family man and a homosexual outsider, a socialite, socialist, and Irish nationalist. His contradictions inspired him to ponder the roles and masks donned in conventional society, and his acute and wry insights are wonderfully displayed in this collection of his essential plays. Known not only for his brilliant, epigrammatic language, but also for his sense of theatrical design, color, and staging, Wilde created an enduring body of finely crafted works, whose delights and ironies still speak to modern audiences. In addition to Lady Windermere's Fan, Salomé, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, A Florentine Tragedy, and The Importance of Being Earnest, this edition contains an introduction, notes and commentaries, and an excised scene from The Importance of Being Earnest.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Editions
Hardcover
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With Oscar Wilde | from Collectors Library (March 21, 2017); titled "The Importance of Being Earnest & Other Plays"
9781509827848 | details & prices | 472 pages | List price $12.99
This edition also contains The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays, The Importance of Being Earnest: And Other Plays
About: Designed to appeal to the book lover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautifully bound pocket-sized gift editions of much loved classic titles.
from Buccaneer Books (June 1, 1988); titled "Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays"
9780899665757 | details & prices | List price $21.95
About: This series presents students with a library of outstanding plays, many of which are otherwise unobtainable, or available only in out-of-date or unannotated editions.
Paperback
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With Alyssa Harad | from Pocket Classics (July 26, 2005)
9781416500421 | details & prices | 378 pages | 4.25 × 7.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.42 lbs | List price $4.95
About: Each volume in a collection of affordable, readable editions of some of the world's greatest works of literature features a chronology of the author's life and career, a concise introduction containing valuable background information, a timeline of significant events, an outline of key plot points and themes, detailed explanatory notes, critical analyses, discussion questions, and a list of recommended books and films.
With Terrence McNally (other contributor) | from Modern Library (June 1, 2004); titled "The Importance of Being Earnest: And Other Plays"
9780812967142 | details & prices | 257 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.48 lbs | List price $10.95
About: Oscar Wilde created his final and most lasting play, comic masterpieces of all time, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, in 1895.
The price comparison is for this edition
With Richard Allen Cave (other contributor) | from Penguin Classics (March 1, 2001)
9780140436068 | details & prices | 431 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $12.00
About: Algernon pretends to be Jack's troublesome younger brother, in Wilde's satirical assault on nineteenth-century fashions, manners, and morality.
With Peter Raby (other contributor) | from Oxford Univ Pr (October 22, 1998)
9780192834447 | details & prices | 368 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $10.95
About: Oscar Wilde was already one of the best-known literary figures in Britain when he was persuaded to turn his extraordinary talents to the theatre.
from Newstar Pr (February 1, 1997)
9780787112950 | details & prices | List price $6.95
About: A Woman of No Importance, for all its charm, exposes an aristocratic world that is smug, snobbish and morally bankrupt.
With Sylvan Barnet | Reissue edition from Signet Classic (November 1, 1988)
9780451525055 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $4.95
About: Presents the three classic plays 'Salome,' 'Lady Windermere's Fan,' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest'
With Matt Doeden, Richard Bihler (other contributor) | from Viking Pr (June 1, 1986)
9780140482096 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $8.95
This edition also contains Air Show Jets
Reinforced
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from Demco Media (November 1, 1988)
9780606018784 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $13.40
About: Presents the three classic plays 'Salome,' 'Lady Windermere's Fan,' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest'
Prebinding
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With Sylvan Barnet (other contributor) | from Turtleback Books (October 1, 1999)
9780808510000 | details & prices | 4.25 × 7.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $14.70
About: Presents the three classic plays 'Salome,' 'Lady Windermere's Fan,' and 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

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